Ken Shannon Invite Closes Regular Season For Track

May 6, 2010

ON THE TRACK: The home outdoor schedule opens and closes over the course of six hours this weekend in Husky Stadium, as UW track hosts its only outdoor meet this year with the Ken Shannon Invitational this Saturday, May 8. It will be the final tune-up for a number of Huskies that will be continuing on to the Pac-10 Championships next weekend, and also serve as an opportunity for some to prove that they should make the roster for the conference championships.

Named in 2002 in honor of legendary Husky track and field coach Ken Shannon, the meet will mark the home finale for several UW seniors, though many more will be resting this weekend in preparation of the postseason. The meet gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with several field events, and the first running event is scheduled for 10 a.m. The final even is the women's 4x400-meter relay, expected to begin at 3:05 p.m.

Teams on hand this Saturday include the likes of Seattle Pacific, Seattle U., Western Washington, Central Washington, Gonzaga, and Simon Fraser plus entries from several other clubs and community colleges.

The men's 800m should be intriguing with former NCAA Champ Ryan Brown leading the way and sophomores Ryan Styrk and Charlie Williams looking for breakthrough times. Freshman Michael Miller will also look for a season-best, and 400-meter NCAA qualifier Jeff Gudaitis will get a run in as well competing unattached.

Sophomore David McCary and freshmen Greg Drosky and James Cameron will compete in the men's steeplechase for the second straight week after running last Saturday in Pullman. Sophomore Max O'Donoghue-McDonald is slated to run the 1,500-meters, getting set for a Pac-10 run.

Junior Miles Timpe, a two-time Pac-10 competitor, will run the 400-meter hurdles along with freshman Dan Sanders, and freshman Colton Dunn will line up in the 200-meter dash. The men's 5k is highlighted by sophomores Rob Webster Jr. and Cameron Quackenbush.

Men's jumpers include Clayton Johnson and Jake Vetter in the high jump, Warren Woods and Julian Bardwell in the triple jump and Johnson, Woods, Bardwell, Thomas Kmett and Josh McCune in the triple jump.

NCAA Champ Scott Roth is entered in the men's vault, as is senior Ryan Vu, who had his best day last year at home in Husky Stadium with a 17-6 clearance that he will be hoping to match or surpass this Saturday.

The men's javelin unit leads the throws group on Saturday, as All-American Kyle Nielsen is entered along with impressive freshman James Brookman. Senior Zach Woods will also be looking to PR in his final home appearance and extend his season to Pac-10s. Sophomore Richard Anderson also is looking for a big day in the shot put to improve his conference standing.

In the top heat of the women's 1,500m, sophomore Kayla Evans will lead a quartet of Huskies hunting for PRs. Sophomore Jordan Carlson has the top entry time in the women's 200- and 400-meter dashes and freshman Justine Johnson is one to watch in the 800-meters.

Senior Syreeta Martin has lowered her season-best in the 400-meter hurdles in her last three outings and will look to continue that trend on Saturday in her final home appearance.

On the field for the women, five Huskies will vie for a Pac-10 spot, including senior Ally Wojciechowski, competing for the final time at home. Caroline Soules could contend for the win in the high jump, and four Huskies led by freshman Shaniae Lakes will go in the triple jump. Lakes owns the third-best mark in school history after leaping 41-0 ¼ earlier this season. This will also mark the final home appearance for senior Nicole Vielma of Fife who is set to triple jump.

Senior Korede Oyetuga will toss the discus for the final time in Husky Stadium. All-American Brooke Pighin and freshmen Ally Mueller and Jordin Seekins will highlight the javelin field as well.

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